Good Morning Little School Girl, Dark Star, Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Turn On Your Love Light Morning Dew, Cryptical Envelopement-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Death Don't Have No Mercy, Alligator-> Drums-> Alligator-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)
It is possible that there is one less analog generation in the lineage (as listed at Deadlists). The sound quality is rather ragged despite fairly low levels of hiss, so this may simply be from old and degraded cassettes with only one analog generation. Be warned.
There is a minor splice just before the 7:00 mark in Schoolgirl from what sounds like a cassette recording overdub. It has been cut out and smoothed over with Sound Forge. There is a minor dropout in Dark Star roughly 18 minutes in. The splice in Lovelight occurs just after the 6:00 mark. The quality of the recording diminishes during the Cryptical Reprise where tape (not from the master) ran out. Overlapping tape segments were spliced seamlessly at this point using Sound Forge. Therefore, no music is lost although there is diminishing sound quality for the first half of the reprise. Alligator > Caution > Feedback > AWBYGN often mistakenly circulates at the end of this show, but is actually from 8-22-68. This show may or may not be complete. Edits, tracking, and pitch correction for various portions were performed using Sound Forge and CDWave.
July 11, 2019 Subject:
This show isn't talked about often, as it's simply a great show in a period that is known for great shows. The cool thing about the Grateful Dead in 1969 is that they were a raw, powerful band. That is on full display on this recording.
Having known the Electric Factory well, I can almost hear the venue on this one- the recording itself isn't the greatest, but all the chanells are clear, and you can hear band interplay wondferfully- there is a hiss that others have mentioned, and I get the impression that I am listening to an old cassette tape when I play it.
The Darkstar in the first set is fantastic- the lyrics don't kick in until about 17 minutes into the song before it transitions into St Stephen- This version,while not the longest, or the best is a solid example of just how creative the band was during this period- There are hundreds of " ideas" being explored in this Dark Star.
The interplay between Jerry and Phil during " The Eleven" is as good as it gets- I love how towards the end of the song, Jerry is clearly playing that " round" motiff of the Elven, and Phil just starts playing the baseline of " Lovelight" right over top- bringing the band into the 1st set closer.
The closing of the Cryptical suite also has some pure electric moments with Jerry's leads- He was tapping into something- and I can just see him standing outside in a Philadelphia alley way, guitar to the sky, rivaling Franklin himself- I'm sure this show earned them a lot of fans- in one of their first shows in Philadelphia ( they played about 4 in 1968- although no recordings remain.)
April 15, 2015 Subject:
July 10, 2010 Subject:
first show in Philly
From what I gather, this may be the first time the Grateful Dead graced Philadelphia
September 24, 2006 Subject:
Not so bad
The sound definately isn't crystal clear but it's not that bad. Hiss is constant so you get used to it. All instraments can be heard. I don't think it really takes away from a great show. Solid 3 stars.
April 20, 2005 Subject:
not too shabby
This is an excellent show, slightly muffled. I'm a Dark Star fan and this one doesn't disappoint.